Causing far more problems than first anticipated, Peru were one of the great stories of the 2018 World Cup, even if they didn’t make it out of Group C.
Still, a thrilling win against Australia and plucky performances against France and Denmark saw them win the hearts of many fans around the world, thanks to great management from Ricardo Gareca.
However, there are doubts regarding the 61-year-old’s future at the country’s helm, and names are already appearing as potential replacements in La Republica, including Leeds United’s Marcelo Bielsa.
Firstly, it’s worth pointing out that Gareca remains Peru’s manager for the time being, and the link to the Championship side’s manager seems him as one of several potential candidates.
His previous good work with the Chile national team is still fresh in many people’s memories, and his future could depend on whether or not Leeds get promoted to the Premier League.
Getting so close to automatic promotion only to get knocked out in the playoffs would be a bitter pill to swallow for the Argentine, and he could need a lot of reassurances for next season to stay in the role.
That last part is merely us looking at his previous history with clubs, but La Republica certainly believe Bielsa could be an option for Peru were Gareca to quit his post after the 2019 Copa America.
Other names mentioned for the role are Nolberto Solano and Roberto Mosquera.